2008-09 Speakers

Elizabeth Lowery

Elizabeth Lowery
VP, Environment, Energy, and Safety Policy
General Motors

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As General Motors' chief environmental officer, Beth Lowery is responsible for GM's environmental, energy, and safety policies worldwide. Lowery joined GM in 1989 as an attorney and was involved in the development and adoption of the GM Environmental Principles. She earned a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Wayne State University and served as a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice G. Mennen Williams after graduation. In 2002, she completed GM's Senior Executive Program (in partnership with Harvard Business School) and was chosen as one of the 100 Most Influential Women by Crain's Detroit Business.


Priscilla Stewart-Jones

Priscilla Stewart-Jones
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
McKesson Corporation, U.S. Pharmaceutical Group


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Priscilla Stewart-Jones is the senior vice president of human resources for McKesson Corporation, U.S. Pharmaceutical Group, which has more than $80 billion dollars in revenue and operations in 31 states and Puerto Rico. She oversees the development and implementation of human capital strategies for talent acquisition, succession planning, workforce development, organizational effectiveness, and mergers and acquisitions. Stewart-Jones has more than 20 years of human resources management experience with Fortune 100 companies in numerous industries including consumer packaged goods, hospitality, and banking. She holds an MBA from Saint Mary's College.


Sheri Miksa

Sheri Miksa
Former CEO, President and Director
Robeks Juice Franchise Corporation


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With more than 25 years of experience in the food service and hospitality industries, Sheri Miksa is recognized for delivering superior guest experiences and creating cultures of accountability and recognition. She was most recently CEO, president, and director of Robeks Juice Franchise Corporation. Prior to Robeks, Miksa served as CEO, president, and director of Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. During her career, she has served in a number of senior executive positions for Seattle Coffee Company, LSG Sky Chefs, and Taco Bell Corporation. She earned her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. As a strong believer in diversity, mentoring, and leadership development, she served four years as a board member of the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF).


Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart
Chairman and CEO
DineEquity, Inc.


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Julia Stewart, a 35-year veteran of the foodservice industry, serves as chairman and CEO of DineEquity, Inc. which operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. In November 2007, Stewart led DineEquity's acquisition of Applebee's International, Inc., which created the largest full service restaurant company in the world with more than 3,300 locations. Prior to joining DineEquity, she served as president of the domestic division of Applebee's International, Inc. and held several key executive positions with Taco Bell Corporation. She is a member of the board of directors of Avery Dennison and a trustee of the California Science Center Foundation.


Ann Weiser

Ann Weiser
Chief Human Resources Officer
Activision Blizzard, Inc.


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Ann Weiser became chief human resources officer of Activision Blizzard in July 2008 in connection with the combination of Activision and Vivendi Games and was chief human resources officer of Activision Publishing from September 2007 until the transaction was consummated. Prior to joining Activision Blizzard, Ms. Weiser served in a number of executive level human resources positions at Royal Ahold, an international retail operator, from 2001 to 2007, most recently as chief human resource officer of Royal Ahold's U.S. Foodservice division.


Ann Winblad

Ann Winblad
Co-founder and Managing Director
Hummer Winblad Partners


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Ann Winblad has more than 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author, and venture capitalist. She currently serves as a managing director with Hummer Winblad Partners, a leading venture capital firm managing more than $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Partners' inception in 1989 the firm has launched more than 100 new software companies. Winblad has an M.A. in Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.